For some time now it’s been possible to see Venus shining brightly in the evening sky with the naked eye. It looks larger and brighter than I’ve ever noticed before. That’s because it’s higher in the sky than it usually is, so we’re not looking at it through the Earth’s atmosphere like we do when it’s lower in the sky. It’s also at a point in it’s orbit when it’s closer to the Earth.
Today I got the chance to see it through a telescope. Normally it looks like a bright blob, but through the telescope, it was amazing – I could see it’s crescent shape. A lovely bright slim shining smile hanging in the sky, at 16% phase. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It was so beautiful.
I was also able to see the Moon through the telescope. It was stunning. It’s reached it’s first quarter today so it looks like a ball that’s been chopped in half down the middle. At 30 times magnification, the craters were incredible. The Moon looked so large and so near you wouldn’t believe that it’s around 250,000 miles away. Now all I need is my own telescope so I can look whenever there are clear skies!